Reveillon Feasts, Cathedral Concerts, Festive Events
A season of cheer for visitors and locals alike!
NEW ORLEANS, LA (November 22, 2013) –Named one of “America’s Favorite Cities” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and recipient of the prestigious World Tourism Award, New Orleans– one of the world’s most fascinating cities– is where the holiday season shines bright! French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces details of the 29th annual Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS).
CNOS, a month-long collaboration between French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), has helped the city establish itself as one the world’s top holiday destinations. Throughout December, FQFI works closely with retailers, restaurants, hotels, arts, and community organizations to produce and promote over 200 quality holiday events that have helped local businesses and the tourism industry stay aglow during a traditionally slow period; the economic impact has been tremendous for the city and state. FQFI Executive Director Marci Schramm said, “We enjoy collaborating with so many fantastic organizations in the city throughout the year, and Christmas New Orleans Style provides a special opportunity to let both our holiday and community-minded spirit shine. December visitors are delighted by our incredible weather, sense of tradition, and southern hospitality, and many return year after year.”
Christmas New Orleans Style 2013 continues the popular tradition of free concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and features several festive, citywide events such as: nightly excursions through the magnificent lighting display at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks; revelry and holiday shopping at Merriment on Magazine Street; family activities including children’s teas and cookie decorating; historical characters strolling and caroling in the French Quarter; holiday cruises on the Steamboat Natchez; theatrical and musical performances; special tours of private residences, bed and breakfasts, and antebellum homes dressed in holiday finery; concerts at the Ogden Museum; outdoor, holiday movies at the Riverwalk Marketplace; a Christmas parade down Canal Street; and a Reindeer Run for children. At the Market Fare Stage located in the Historic French Market, acclaimed New Orleans chefs share cherished holiday recipes and samplings at free cooking demonstrations. More than 200 activities are planned, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy incredible dining, shopping, and culture.
Reveillon, an adaptation of a traditional Creole holiday dining custom, will be celebrated nightly in 48 restaurants throughout the city. Menus showcase the feasts of Christmas past, present, and future: Four Reveillon restaurants – Antoine’s, Galatoire’s, Commander’s Palace, and Tujague’s – are more than 100 years old and feature ageless Creole cuisine. Contemporary Reveillon utilizes preparation techniques and products of the modern day not necessarily available to the original Creoles and can be enjoyed at August, Besh Steak, Commander’s Palace, Domenica, and many more. Reveillon menus are offered only once a year, making CNOS the only time guests can enjoy this authentic taste of New Orleans. New participants include: Bistreaux, Bistreaux at the Bank, Cibugnu, Desire Oyster Bar and Bistro, Foundation Room at House of Blues, The Fountain Lounge, Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak, and Kingfish.
CNOS celebrates New Orleans rich musical heritage with jazz musicians, gospel choirs, classical ensembles, and others performing the sounds of the season with concerts in St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral take place at 6 p.m. on December 1-5, 9-12, 15, and 17-19th. In addition, the annual St. Louis Cathedral Basilica Holiday Concert takes place December 22 at 5 p.m., prior to Caroling in Jackson Square. Enjoy performances from New Orleans Nightingales, Opera Créole, Franklin Avenue Baptist Choir, Zion Harmonizers, Harmonouche, The Melody Clouds, The Roots of Music, Evan Christopher, Davell Crawford, Amanda Shaw, Musaica, Jeremy Davenport, and European organist Thomas Kientz, Young Artist in Residence at Christ Church Cathedral. All concerts are free and open to the public.
CNOS serves up a series of free cooking demonstrations from many of New Orleans’ the finest chefs. FQFI, NOTMC, and the French Market Corporation team up to bring twelve unique dishes and acclaimed chefs from throughout the area. Chefs include: Brigsten’s Frank Brigtsen, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse’s Alfred Singleton, Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak’s Michael Sichel, Upperline Restaurant’s Dave Bridges, Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails’ Greg Sonnier, and Arnaud’s Tommy DiGiovanni. Chefs will share favorite holiday recipes with menu samplings for those in attendance. The Chef’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations, sponsored by Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine, takes place on the Fare Market Stage at the Historic French Market weekdays at 2 p.m. and last 30-45 minutes. Cooking demonstrations are December 3-6, 10-13, and 17-20th. Cooking demonstrations are free and open to the public.
Papa Noël Rates
CNOS gives the gift of a memorable holiday encounter that can only be experienced in New Orleans. Travelers can take advantage of special offers at 50 of the city’s finest hotels and bed and breakfasts that feature attractive nightly Papa Noël discounted rates and luxurious value packages to visitors as their gift of the season.
For complete information and schedules visit followyourjoy.com or fqfi.org. For a free booklet and calendar, call 504-522-5730 or e-mail, email@example.com.
Christmas New Orleans Style 2013 is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. in collaboration with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces French Quarter Festival (April) and Satchmo SummerFest (August). French Quarter Festivals, Inc. promotes the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.